Workers' Comp Benefits
Workers' Compensation Attorney in Las Vegas, NV
Have you been injured at work? If so, you are likely wondering what benefits may be available to you through workers' compensation. In Nevada, you may be entitled to cash benefits and medical care as well as vocational rehabilitation and other claims-related expenses, like mileage to and from medical appointments or medical supplies. Understanding what benefits you may be entitled to receive is important, as this can help you make sure your rights are not violated through the workers' comp process.
If you want to be certain that you are receiving all benefits to which you are entitled, you may find it helpful to consult an attorney. With knowledge and experience in this complicated field, a Las Vegas workers' compensation attorney at Shook & Stone can provide insight that is applicable to your unique situation. In addition to determining the fair value of your claim, a legal professional at our firm can help if your claim has been denied, disputed or delayed for any reason.
Benefits Under the Nevada Workers' Comp System
According to the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations Workers' Compensation Section (WCS), a worker who suffers an on-the-job injury or occupational illness may be entitled to the following types of benefits:
- Medical treatment, including any and all medical care, medication and supplies related to the worker's treatment for his or her work-related injury or illness.
- Lost time compensation, which covers lost earnings while the worker is disabled and unable to work. Benefits under this category are available if a worker has suffered a Temporary Total Disability or Temporary Partial Disability and may be equivalent to up to 2/3 of the worker's average monthly wage. There is a cap on the amount of wages a worker may be compensated for, which is adjusted each year. A worker who previously earned an average monthly wage of $3,600, for example, may be entitled to $2,400 per month while he or she is disabled.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) award if the worker has suffered a permanent but partial disability, such as the loss of use of an arm or the loss of a finger. PPD awards are calculated based on the percentage of disability, the worker's average monthly wage and the worker's age at the time of disability. A PPD award may be received as a lump sum or in installments until the worker is 70 years old.
- Permanent Total Disability benefits, which are paid similarly to those for a Temporary Total Disability. These will be paid for the duration of the worker's disability at a rate of 2/3 of the worker's average monthly wage, to a maximum amount set forth by law.
- Vocational rehabilitation payments may also be paid to a worker, paid at the Temporary Total Disability rate.
- Other expenses may also be paid through workers' compensation, such as mileage to and from medical appointments.
Are you interested in finding out what your workers' compensation claim may be worth? Whether you were injured in a minor accident or have been diagnosed with an occupational disease that is likely to permanently remove you from the workforce, you can get the information you need from a knowledgeable professional at our Las Vegas law firm. Our team can help you file your claim and can handle any issues that may arise, such as appealing a denial or representing your interests at a workers' compensation hearing to resolve a dispute related to your claim.
Your financial stability and future may be on the line after a work injury. Instead of leaving your claim to chance, place it in the hands of a lawyer who will put your interests first. Call our offices today to discuss your case.